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On the Subject of Career Transition & Your Web Presence
Many of the people I coach are in the midst of a career transition. So after I remind them to breathe, I start challenging/supporting them to think about their key words, sentences, images and their Web presence. What will help you to communicate what you most want to do and whom you most want to serve? These tools and links might boost your creativity--and maybe even give some new life to your customized cover letters and résumés.
This guy's blog is one of my daily reads. Great stuff on character, branding and making yourself essential in life:
"Are you leaving behind an easily found trail of accomplishment? Few people are interested in your resume any more. Plenty are interested in what you've done . . . If the work you do isn't worth collating and highlighting, you probably need to be doing better work . . .
"Build something that doesn't fall down. Great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or fades away, we prune, replant and grow again. Perfection and polish aren't nearly as important as good light, good drainage and a passionate gardener. By all means, build. But don't finish. Don't walk away."
Finally, for a fun 16 minutes, click on the video below to watch a story about something we could all do with a little more of.
On the Subject of Life Fitness
Often as I get underway with a new client, we begin with a view of their lives "from 30,000 feet." Health, money and fitness may not be the reason they call me, but sometimes those elements become part of our focus of "the next chapter."
The Balance Within: The Science of Connecting Health and Emotions Esther M. Sternberg, MD. An engrossing book for professionals who live in the convergence of stress, mood and their own physical reactions. This is a challenging and useful explanation of our mind-body connections, and it's not too woo-woo, and not too medical.
John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success"
I worked briefly at UCLA during the reign of this legendary basketball coach. He influenced me.
The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great Pam Anderson, former executive editor of Cook's Illustrated. A book that's more about simple, satisfying and life-long fitness than it is about dieting. Good recipes too. The introduction is worth the price of the book: "Send a clear daily message to your body, 'Don't worry, I'm paying attention!'"
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. This book is about managing both your weight and your energy for life.
Dave Ramsey My favorite no-nonsense adviser on managing money.
Click below to try a a five minute break. It will help you to change your breath and pace and to stretch what feels a little tight--even if it's your brain.
On the Subject of Creativity
If you want to write and publish. This organization and its resources for writers covers most of the corners.
I'm not sure what category this goes in, but here's a bit of work to get to before the unexpected shows up.
The VIA Survey of Character. This will link you to a free, well-researched questionnaire that will help you to identify your integrated top five (of twenty-four) "Character Strengths". I ask all of my new clients to take it. It's part of a research project, you will be asked to register, but they won't spam you. Click on the "VIA Survey" button to begin. (No need to purchase a report unless you want to.) If you're working with me, I will ask you to keep a copy of your top five Character Strengths handy. For a cool eight minute video summary of the research behind the project, click here.
The Enneagram. This is another temperament assessment that I really like. Lots of information about potential next steps in your spiritual and emotional growth. Once you have your results, read the description of your top three numbers. Which one "fits?" If you're one of the people I coach or train, send me a copy or bring it with you next time and we'll debrief it.
The Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator and The Strong Interest Inventory. Contact me directly about taking these classic assessments and debriefing your results. Here's a short version (free).
The Core Values Index. My colleague Tom Patterson is a great resource for reviewing this assessment--lots of immediate and actionable info.
And I use other assessments that can be useful to your personal and career growth and reinvention. As we work together, I'll make recommendations.